China to build modern command headquarters for its military

China on Thursday night unveiled plans to build a modern command headquarters to enhance the capability of the world's largest military to win a regional war in the information age.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 25, 2014, 22:23 PM IST

Beijing: China on Thursday night unveiled plans to build a modern command headquarters to enhance the capability of the world's largest military to win a regional war in the information age.

China's Central Military Commission, a powerful body headed by President Xi Jinping which controls the military, announced the guideline promoting the construction of the "modernised command headquarters", state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The guideline, approved by Xi, said the new command headquarters would enhance the military's operations.

The ability to command an army to win a regional war in the age of information is the goal of this new type of command headquarters, it said without elaborating.

The guideline asked all army units to listen to Xi's instructions, which focused on the establishment of a strong army that was fit to operate in the contemporary military environment.

Combat effectiveness was set as the unique, fundamental criteria.

It also asked all army units to strengthen and improve their political and ideological structure through Xi's instructions and to always focus on the party's direct leadership of the military, which would ensure absolute loyalty, morality and reliability.

The guideline asked all army units to strengthen command measures, through the building of integrated platforms, networks, software and databases, and to establish a joint operation command model based on an "information system".

Xi has been pushing to strengthen the fighting ability of the country's army of 2.3 million personnel, even as they project power across disputed waters in the East Sea and the South China Sea.

But the world's largest armed forces have faced criticism from serving and retired officers and state media, who questioned whether they were too corrupt to win a war.